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Hey guys, I hope you're enjoying the newest Mario title: "Super Mario Galaxy Wahooooo" (according to Charles Martinet on the load-up screen at least).

So how many stars do you have? Which galaxies have you most enjoyed? Favorite power-up? Be sure to mark spoilers though!

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Posted: 05/23/10, 21:15:24
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Yeah, the Prankster comets are definitely where you can rack up a star count quickly.
Posted: 05/29/10, 15:19:07
I know they are like star collecting crack.
Posted: 05/29/10, 15:31:27
Got all 120 Power Stars, beat Bowser a second time, and now a new challenge awaits.
Oh, Nintendo. You just love to tease the completionist inside me, don't you?
Posted: 05/29/10, 18:10:53
That Throwback Galaxy was awesome. It put such a smile on my face.

Maybe I'm a NintendHO but I'd love if Nintendo just went ahead and remade Super Mario 64 in Galaxy style graphics. Sure they'd get a lot of flack for it, but I'd eat it up at a cool fifty bones even.

Also, as for my place in the game, I have 96 stars and I'm at the end of World 6. Not sure how much more there is after this (or if it's the last world) but I'll try to find some of those ? stars before heading forth.
Posted: 05/29/10, 23:49:49  - Edited by 
 on: 05/29/10, 23:51:23
@DrFinkelsteinDon't worry, there's more after. Much like the first Galaxy, you pretty much need to defeat Bowser twice before you complete it with 120 stars (more stars unlock after the credits). And even then, theres an even greater challenge after that.

Its like the game doesn't want to end. And you know what? I don't want it to either. It's so good.
Posted: 05/30/10, 00:22:54
DrFinkelstein said:
That Throwback Galaxy was awesome. It put such a smile on my face.

Maybe I'm a NintendHO but I'd love if Nintendo just went ahead and remade Super Mario 64 in Galaxy style graphics. Sure they'd get a lot of flack for it, but I'd eat it up at a cool fifty bones even.

Also, as for my place in the game, I have 96 stars and I'm at the end of World 6. Not sure how much more there is after this (or if it's the last world) but I'll try to find some of those ? stars before heading forth.

You can emulate it in HD on your PC if you want to. It actually looks pretty great.
Posted: 05/30/10, 02:27:39
@Oldmanwinter

While I'd be interested in that kind of, I'm on a Mac and I'd rather play with a proper controller.

I still own it on cartridge and all but it would be nice with these fluid Galaxy controls/graphics.
Posted: 05/30/10, 03:09:53
I have to say, I officially like the comet challenges... time limits and all.

With the original game, they were kind of meh... could be fun, but they mostly felt like an artificial game lengthening element, you know?

Not the case this time. These challenges all seem custom crafted with care.
Posted: 05/30/10, 04:48:59
@Hinph Definetely agree on that. Man, with all these improvements I have no idea how I'll go back to the original Galaxy.

Anyway, I'm gonna dedicate the rest of this post to my thoughts on the post 120 star content.

After slaving away for about a few hours total getting, the green star challenges make this much different than replaying the same stars as a different character like in Galaxy 1. However, after seeing a thread on the IGN Wii Lobby talking about it, saying how he wasn't quite sure about the whole thing, it confirmed for me that the green stars turn Galaxy 2 into a different kind of platformer, one that alot of gamers I think would rather it go away. The collectathon.

In Galaxy 1 and 2, the power stars felt less like key items than they were in previous games, or other 3D platformers of its kind. They were like actual goals, the new finish flag from Super Mario Bros. Some levels in both games still hold onto that, but its not as bad thanks to the fact the level layouts change, however slight, giving the impression of a new level.

The Green Stars turn Galaxy 2 back to the 3D Platformer's infamous trait, having you go through a scavenger hunt. They're not at the end of the level, but rather scattered about. Personally, I don't mind collectathons, especially when they make me look places I never thought before, and because of how linear most levels in the game are, its amazing when you find a hidden crannie that you didn't think to look. Not to mention trying to get the stars are suicidal. Infact, I just finished getting the Green Stars in the first Bowser level, and one of them you have to fall through the floor above a black hole just to get the star. Yeah, you miss it, and you're dead.

I like this personally. I feel some may not want to go on a hunt for stars that are back to their roots as key items (minus barriers that require X ammount), but I'm willing to do it, especially when the pay off for getting that hard to reach star is more rewarding than regular stars and comet challenges in World S.

Take it how you will.

Wow, I just posted a freaking long spoiler. Crazy?
Posted: 05/30/10, 06:34:41
I like the Throwback Galaxy a lot, but it felt more like a throwback planet you know? It would have been awesome if the center piece was Whomp's Fortress, and there were references to other Mario games floating around in empty space like the Space Junk Galaxy.

I'm about..98 stars in a think. I'm just rounding up the final hidden comet coins and secrets before taking on the last Castle.
Posted: 05/30/10, 06:42:44
@Alaska_Gamer

I so want to click on that spoiler... but I'm starting my first Green Star now in the Flip-Swap galaxy.

So I might be about to experience it myself momentarily.
Posted: 05/30/10, 06:51:58
@DrFinkelstein Prepare for something different. That is all.
Posted: 05/30/10, 06:55:03
I did some, and then I read your spoiler-ed text. I guess I'm a little in the middle right now.

In the right context, I'm a huge collect-a-thon person. I loved finding every damn Note in Banjo Kazooie, every banana in Donkey Kong 64, and even those triforce pieces in Wind Waker. Though I guess I'm just burnt out tonight from the fact that I nabbed the last 49 of the main stars just today alone, but hey, I got outside and washed my car too, but after getting the green star in the first level, where it was just high but right near the start, it made me wonder, why not just put that damn thing in my hand. Jumping high in that context is quite a lame way to earn a Green Star.

This all said though, I know that this was just the first one or two of the many I have before me, where I know it'll be much more entertaining and certainly, if the two in that Flip-Swap Galaxy are anything, more difficult.
Posted: 05/30/10, 07:07:54
*cuts in one more time*

What did you guys think of the last surface area in Slimy Spring Galaxy? I don't want to spoil the surprise for anyone who hasn't been there yet, but it was a pretty big "wow" moment I think.
Posted: 05/30/10, 07:21:05
Octorockin said:
*cuts in one more time*

What did you guys think of the last surface area in Slimy Spring Galaxy? I don't want to spoil the surprise for anyone who hasn't been there yet, but it was a pretty big "wow" moment I think.
How have I not even mentioned this?

Coming out of that misty, water filled cavern, to come out facing a sunset, all nice and peaceful with no music (was there? can't remember). I think I just set the controller down and looked at the sun. Amazing.
Posted: 05/30/10, 07:25:49
Yeah, the music stops just for the impressive scenery. Galaxy 2 has some great water-themed levels I have to say.
Posted: 05/30/10, 07:56:56
@Octorockin

It did feel like a nice reward. It was like some movie where the hero finally makes it out of a cavern after a night fighting monsters.
Posted: 05/30/10, 16:21:55
@Alaska_Gamer

I personally can't see how anybody can bitch about them... the game would be perfectly complete even without them, and nobody is twisting anybody's arm to collect them if they don't want to. It's certainly a better reward than Luigi in my opinion.
Posted: 05/30/10, 16:37:44
As I begin collecting these Green Stars I'm having a bit more fun. They get more creative with each one.
Posted: 05/30/10, 17:18:34
DrFinkelstein said:
@Oldmanwinter

While I'd be interested in that kind of, I'm on a Mac and I'd rather play with a proper controller.

I still own it on cartridge and all but it would be nice with these fluid Galaxy controls/graphics.

You can play it with a proper controller. I use my 360 pad. Works flawlessly;)
Posted: 05/30/10, 21:27:24
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